14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Look Me in the Eye

I am always looking for unique ways to showcase the beauty of elephants in the hope that it will make a difference in the way they are viewed and appreciated. This image was taken when a herd of elephants came down to the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana for an afternoon drink. The opportunity presented itself as the the trunk of the elephant in the foreground framed the eye of the elephant in the background. I focused on the eye, and with some creative cropping, was very pleased with the final result.

This photo won the Natural World category of our 14th Annual Photo Contest. See all of the winners and finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Chobe River, Botswana
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Copyright: © Prelena Soma Owen
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